Intro American musician
Film score composer
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Birth 17 June 1919, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Death 27 February 1988, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A.
(aged 68 years)
Gene de Paul (June 17, 1919 – February 27, 1988) was an American pianist, composer and songwriter.
Table of Contents
– Musical film credits
– Broadway credits
Born in New York City, he served in the United States Army during World War II.
He joined the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1941 and went on to compose the music for many motion pictures. He was nominated (with Don Raye) for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song in 1942 for the song “Pig Foot Pete” from the movie Hellzapoppin. The song actually was not included in that movie, but in the 1941 feature, Keep ‘Em Flying, and was thus ineligible for the nomination and award. The award was given to “White Christmas”.
De Paul collaborated with Johnny Mercer, Don Raye, Carolyn Leigh, Charles Rinker and others at Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios and other Hollywood companies.
De Paul composed the 1953 hit song “Teach Me Tonight”.
De Paul was one of the composers of the songs and dances, along with lyricist Johnny Mercer, for the 1954 musical film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for which he was nominated for the 1983 Tony Award for Best Original Score.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.
Gene de Paul died in 1988 and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.
Musical film credits
– Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 1954 with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Also Lil Abner partnered with Johnny Mercer.
– Li’l Abner 1956 with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
– 1941 “I’ll Remember April”, w & m Don Raye, Patricia Johnson & Gene de Paul
– 1941 “You Don’t Know What Love Is”, w & m Don Raye & Gene de Paul
– 1941 “Gimme Some Skin, My Friend”, (performed by The Andrews Sisters in the Abbott and Costello film In the Navy) w & m Don Raye & Gene de Paul
– 1942 “Cow Cow Boogie (Cuma-Ti-Yi-Yi-Ay)”, music by Don Raye, lyrics by Benny Carter & Gene de Paul, featured in Ride ‘Em Cowboy that year, and many films since, including The Aviator, Raging Bull, and The Joker Is Wild.
– 1943 “Star Eyes”, w & m Don Raye & Gene de Paul from the film I Dood It
– 1944 “Mr. Five by Five”, w & m Don Raye & Gene de Paul
– ” He’s My Guy”, sung by Ella Fitzgerald and also Dinah Shore (included on the CD The War Years: Songs That Won The War, released 2001.
– 1953 “Teach Me Tonight” with lyrics by Sammy Cahn